Portage will begin replacing traffic control signs

2013-11-10T18:30:00Z 2013-11-10T22:26:07Z Portage will begin replacing traffic control signsJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | The city will begin an effort to replace faded and non-conforming traffic control signs within subdivisions.

Director of Public Works A.J. Monroe told the Traffic Commission the effort will start in Capital Estates subdivision.

Monroe said city workers began to review signs in the subdivision and found many that were original to the subdivision, which was developed in the 1960s and 1970. Many were faded and don't conform to today's standards.

Monroe said many intersections are still marked with yield signs, which the city doesn't use any more. Those yield signs will be replaced with stop signs.

Monroe said once Capital Estates is completed, the city will move on to other subdivisions. He said the effort could take more than a year.

City Engineer John Hannon estimated somewhere between 35 and 40 signs would have to be replaced in the subdivision. The signs will be made in the street department's sign shop and installed by department employees.

"It will be a good gauge in determining how long it will take the shop to get them done," Hannon said.

Street Department Superintendent Steve Charnetzky said it costs about $165 per sign for materials and a post. That doesn't include manpower to install the signs.

Monroe said he didn't have a source of funding for the project, but would have to explore where the additional money would be available.

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